Barry Roche column: Disappointing week for everyone

Barry Roche in training with goalkeeping coach Lee Jones. Picture: Matt Rushton
Barry Roche in training with goalkeeping coach Lee Jones. Picture: Matt Rushton

It’s safe to say it’s been a very disappointing week on the pitch for everyone at the club.

Two away games, no points and no goals scored. We have just fallen the wrong side of those fine dividing lines in football between winning and losing.

Mansfield wasn’t a pretty game and we were far from our best but if we had held on for a minute longer it would have been an excellent away point.

A lot has been said about the gaffer (Jim Bentley) making so many changes but what people don’t see is what goes on on a day-to-day basis at training.

He sees who is carrying knocks or who looks tired and is in need of a rest and makes decisions accordingly and it’s down to whoever is selected to go out and perform.

And like I said, we didn’t perform to our best.

We defended the constant aerial threat that Mansfield pose really well apart from one at the end which ultimately cost us.

But we didn’t use the ball well and didn’t keep possession well enough.

At Wimbledon on Saturday we feel very disappointed to have come away with nothing to show for our efforts.

The first half was a bit of a nothing game and there wasn’t much between the sides but after the break we were by far the better team.

We passed and kept the ball better than we have been doing of late and created enough chances to win the game let alone get a share of the spoils.

But that’s football for you.

We have been riding the crest of a wave really since the start of the season with the majority of results going our way.

But in this game you can’t get too high with the highs or too low with the lows.

We will pick ourselves up and make sure we get things right on the training ground going into another tough game against Northampton on Saturday.